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Space Milestones

Students will do the following:
1. Learn about major events in the history of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).
2. Create a visual timeline of the goals, heroes, and outcomes of select missions.

Life In Space: International Space Station

Students will understand the following:
1. An environment with almost no gravity challenges humans living in space. Humans must adjust their diets, sanitation, and sleep patterns; wear space suits; and conduct specially designed experiments.
2. ISS inhabitants perform the daily functions of life in space using special products and procedures.

The Space Shuttle

Students will understand the following:
1. From April 1981 through January 1986, 25 space shuttle missions were conducted.
2. During the 25th launch, the space shuttle exploded, destroying the orbiter Challengerand killing its crew of seven.
3. The accident had a far-reaching impact on the space shuttle program, suspending launchings for more than two years, while both NASA and a presidential commission investigated the accident.

People And Space

Students will understand the following:
1. For preservation of food and space-saving storage, astronauts on space missions eat dehydrated foods.
2. Dehydration means “removal of water.”
3. Dehydrated foods can be consumed by mixing the food with saliva from the eater’s mouth or by adding water.

Understanding Space Travel

# At some time in the future, there likely will be cities in space.
# The first of these cities will probably be lunar based, Mars based, or space based (orbiting Earth).